Chris Free

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 305F
Mahogany Research
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Chris Free Chris Free

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in population dynamics, fisheries management, and marine conservation. I believe in the power of quantitative analysis to help us learn about the marine environment, use its resources sustainably, and preserve its beauty and diversity. For my dissertation, I will be working with Dr. Olaf Jensen to evaluate and improve data-poor stock assessment methods. Additionally, I am working to evaluate the extent of illegal gillnet fishing in Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia and its potential impact on the endangered Hovsgol grayling (Thymallus nigrescens).

Short History

As an avid scuba diver, kayaker, and sailor, I have always loved the ocean and its creatures but have taken a wandering path into fisheries science. At Middlebury College, I became interested in population dynamics and natural resource management during my senior thesis modeling mahogany population dynamics to evaluate current harvest practices. After graduating, I continued this research with funding from the US Forest Service but reflected constantly on my interest in marine conservation and management. As a result, I spent six months with Audubon Alaska working on seabird conservation planning and six months at Dauphin Island Sea Lab working on fisheries ecology and management.


  • 2010, B.A., Biology & Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
  • Since 2013, PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University